The Jan. 17 meeting of the Norwich Township Trustees marked a transition; it was the last meeting for Fire Chief Dave Long and administrator Wayne Warner.

The Jan. 17 meeting of the Norwich Township Trustees marked a transition; it was the last meeting for Fire Chief Dave Long and administrator Wayne Warner.

Taking their places are Bob Kaufman and Kate Cavanaugh, respectively.

Long, 54, retired Jan. 20, having served with the Norwich Township Fire Department (NTFD) since graduating from Hilliard High School in 1975.

"I told (trustee Larry Earman) that this was the meeting I was looking forward to for several years now - my last one," Long said to a meeting room filled with firefighters and family in the Safety Services Building. "I hope I did a job you're proud of, and I hope I'm going to leave the department a little better than what I started with. It's time for me to move on. It's time for new leadership."

Kaufman, 59, not only received his new badge, but he was honored for 25 years service with the NTFD, along with firemen Larry Cordial and Glen Durban.

"There's a lot of responsibility in it," Kaufman said of his promotion from assistant chief. "I will work every day to fulfill that. I got into fire service kind of late, and I had a great support group here," he said, pointing to his family. "It was a great sacrifice on their part. We had to take a big cut in pay, give up pizza on Friday nights."

Long said Jay Roof was hired and Morgan Van Lorh started last week as firemen.

Trustees Earman, Chuck Buck and Tim Roberts passed a resolution appointing Cavanaugh to replace Warner, who is taking another job. Cavanaugh is in training this week and will start Feb. 1.

Cavanaugh, 59, said she lives in the township and Hilliard. She has previous experience in employee benefits.

As a township administrator, Cavanaugh said she will summarize to the trustees what other organizations that relate to the township are doing, getting the trustees' feedback and send it to those organizations. She will also field questions from the residents, answer those she can, and forward those she can't to the trustees.

"I'm very anxious to work with the residents and try to solve any issues that they may have," said Cavanaugh. "I'm very much looking forward to this. I know a lot of people here and really admire them."